Welcoming and protective schools - Dallas ISD
Dallas ISD embraces the diversity of our students and families and the rich language and cultural assets they bring to the district. The district is committed to following the law and providing a high quality education to all students regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity, national origin, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or socioeconomic status.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN TEXAS
As specified by Senate Bill 1528, Texas state law permits students that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents to be classified as Texas residents for college admissions and financial aid purposes, thus making them eligible for state aid.
Students who fall under Senate Bill 1528 are declaring themselves residents of the State of Texas, therefore making them eligible for State Aid. Here are the requirements that must be satisfied:
- Must have lived in Texas at least 3 years before receiving their High School (in Texas) diploma or GED
- Must have lived in Texas at least 3 years before enrolling in a public college/university (in Texas)
- Must fill out an affidavit with the Office of Admissions & Records declaring that he/she will apply for residency as soon as able to do so
HIGHER EDUCATION IMMIGRATION PORTAL sponsored by the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, an organization of college and university presidents.
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) DECEMBER 2020 (National Immigration Law Center)
U.S. district court in the Eastern District of New York ordered that the July 2020 memorandum issued by Chad Wolf, the provisions of which severely curtailed DACA and barred initial applications for DACA, is vacated.
As a result, on December 7, 2020, the government published a notice on its website that, effective immediately, the government is accepting initial DACA applications, DACA renewal requests, and applications for advance parole from DACA recipients. In addition, any DACA and employment authorization documents (EADs) issued for one year instead of two years because of the Wolf memo are extended to two years and the government will take steps to provide evidence of this extension. The government must also provide mailed notice to class members by December 31, 2020.
The government must provide a status report on DACA to the court by January 4, 2021. The report must provide information about the applications for DACA received, adjudicated, approved, denied, and rejected between November 14 and December 31, 2020, as well as the applications previously affected by the Wolf memo. The court may also impose more orders if they become necessary.
If you are DACA-eligible, whether or not you already have DACA, more information about this case that is relevant to you is available at dacaclassaction.org.
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) - JULY 2020
In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court Decision, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security decided to replace the actions the U.S. Supreme Court found “capricious” and “arbitrary” in their June 2020 decision, which means:
- No new (first-time) DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents will be accepted or processed
- New and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances will be denied
- The DACA renewal issued will be reduced from two years to one year
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) UPDATE - JUNE 2020
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and met several guidelines could request consideration of deferred action (delayed deportation) for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They would also be eligible for work authorization via a Social Security Number. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship. In September 2017 the Trump Administration halted the program, stopping all new DACA applications. A series of federal court decisions made it possible for DACAmented individuals to renew their status and to maintain their work authorization benefits.
The Supreme Court issued a decision on June 18th, 2020 that ruled in favor of the DACA program. The decision restores the program completely: both initial and renewal applications should be accepted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center explains what this means for the community.
- Current DACA recipients continue to be protected from deportation and eligible for benefits under the DACA program, like work authorization.
- Eligible DACA recipients can continue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years.
- Eligible individuals who never had DACA should be able to apply at this time.
- All eligible individuals should consult with a legal service provider for information about applying for DACA for the first time, renewing their existing DACA, and/or getting screened for eligibility for other, more permanent immigration options.
- It is possible Advance Parole may again allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and return. However, details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ability to travel. Check with a legal service provider for more information.
Immigrants Rising’s Immigration Legal Intake Service is a FREE, online survey to help undocumented young people learn about possible immigration options. Legal Intake Resource